Update: Hand Tool Immersion Class


I’d like to say “thank you” to all the woodworkers who have donated tools, money and offers of assistance for the Hand Tool Immersion class for new woodworkers being held at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking this fall.

The class filled up in 45 minutes. Marc encouraged me to hold a second one, but I’m afraid I am too tied up with <insert insane list of items here> to even consider it. The good news is that we are already planning additional deeply discount classes for new woodworkers for 2016. Details to come when they are available.


As to the tools y’all have sent, we now have an official imperial crapload of them in my sunroom. In fact, I think we’ll have all 18 students covered. We just have to first figure out exactly what each student needs to complete his or her toolkit.

By the way, if you are a student in this class, you should receive instructions in May on getting your toolkit sorted. So stay tuned on that front.

As to offers of food, teaching assistance and cheerleading, I want to say “yes” to all of the generous offers. I just need to talk over what is possible with Marc next month while I’m at the school. It’s his school, his facility and his insurance. So it’s really his call as to whether you can bring your flea circus to help flatten chisel backs.

The other update for this class (and the similar one in England) is that I’ve started building the tool chest we’ll all be building during these classes. I’ll be shooting photos and will have a manual for the students with drawings etc. This manual will allow me to take naps during the class, perhaps even to skip a couple days of the class to hit the Oaken Barrel for a bender. Who knows?

The wood for the chest is some sweet 4/4 white pine I recently scored. The stuff almost planes itself.

— Christopher Schwarz

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19 Responses to Update: Hand Tool Immersion Class

  1. jbakerrower says:

    Will the tool chest pictures/plans be available to the rest of us? Maybe here on your blog?

  2. Need any Gorilla products donated?

    Andy Brownell


  3. mylordsladiesandgentlemen says:

    Part of the ‘Masters’ programme, I see, where everyone teaching a class is advertised as ‘a “Master” woodworker’.
    This is confusing, in light of your recent blog post ‘You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.’
    I fear you will be facing a barrage of student demands to ‘Show me your papers’ if they have been reading your blog.

  4. I think it’s great what you are doing to give people a chance to get into hand tool woodworking. I have given most of my extra tools away to people I have met along the way that could use them.

    I don’t know if it will plane itself, but I often get some sweet pine to mill:

  5. chrisjjward says:

    Met up with two other future attendees of the English course tonight: consensus is that July can’t come soon enough!

  6. rondennis303 says:

    Hey Chris! I just saw Jameel Abraham’s tool chest lid . . . Awesome!
    So, does that mean the two of you are engaged?

  7. abtuser says:

    And I’ve got someone calling wanting me to look at some used potential fixer-upper planes for the next round. Hopefully, they’ll work.

  8. marcelyforget says:

    That would convert to approximately 1 metric shit-tone

  9. misterlinn says:

    What criteria did you use to select the students?

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